The Tough City : The Large Scale Crime City

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The tough city. The large scale crime city. The corrupt city. During the early 1900s, Chicago was not known for having a superior reputation. Aware of his city’s reputation, Sandburg was very candid in speaking about it. In spite of this reputation, he had great pride in the city. He discerned the great aspects of it that others chose to overlook. Sandburg’s proud tone throughout his poem “Chicago” is established through the utilization of strong diction, clever sentence structure, and vivid imagery.
Implementing strong diction throughout the poem, Sandburg evokes a proud and patriotic emotion in the reader’s mind. To stimulate this proud emotion, he employs strong, detailed words instead simple words. For example, he describes Chicago as “Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler…” (lines 1-3) instead of simply saying a city with butchers, a industrial, harvesting, and a railroading city. These descriptive phrases better conjure up a city to be proud of than simple words do. Shortly after, he uses more strong diction in saying, “Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive, and coarse and strong and cunning.” (lines 10-11) The words coarse, strong, and cunning describes a city to be proud of. Another instance in which he portrays a prideful city is in describing it as, “Fierce as a dog with a tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness.”…

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